Yay! Congrats with getting your first spike! I like to be gentle with my spikes--when they're about 5-6" long I lightly tie them to a stake, and let them arch naturally. I know some people who tie their spikes tightly to the stakes in order to train them to be perfectly straight. Or you can do something in between.
Don't move your plant, especially when buds are appearing...if you do move it, try to return it to the original location and direction. Flowers try to orient themselves towards the light, so if you move/rotate your plant around, they can get "confused" and face all different directions.